1989 Volkswagen Jetta CSX 1.8 Carb from South Africa
Gets better with age
Water temperature sender failed (three times)
Back door handle failure.
Heater matrix replaced.
Engine mountings replaced.
Amazingly reliable. Has run in temperatures from +45 degrees C to - 10 degrees C across five African countries, with varying qualities of fuel.
Still looks in showroom condition.
Clutch is still original.
Exhaust (muffler) - one box - had to be replaced last year (i.e. at 13 years of age)
Uses one pint of oil approx. every 10 000km to 12 000km (services still at factory-specified intervals)
Gives comfortable 140km/h cruise and around 9l/100km in fuel consumption around town and as little as 7,1l/100km on the open road.
And - to cap it all - it is still the best handling of all the marks of Golf/Jetta (1,2,3 and 4 - I've no idea what the new Mark 5 is like, because it hasn't yet reached our shores.)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 5th September, 2003